3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,403
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Notes: An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU
Reviews: 1,597 | Ratings: 6,101
Photo of jkblr
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 4/9/18 (12 days ago) poured into a snifter at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours the slightest bit hazy, orange amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring, but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is bright with citrus, mostly orange. The taste is tangy wheat malt with a bit of caramel and big bitterness jumping in on the finish. There is a little citrus in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated with a sharpness that I can't place and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Awesome summer beer and fresh as well.

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Photo of Schro4
2.85/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I always heard great things about 3 floyds, so I was excited when my work finally started carrying their beers. Gumballhead is their first one I've tried, and I'm really disappointed. The initial taste is a bit too tangy, but it does have a decent after-taste. The thing i dislike most is it's just not smooth at all. Every drink felt harsh as it hits your throat, and it wasn't pleasant at all. I hope some of their other products are better!

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Photo of epalmer33
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look- nice golden color
Smell- low hop smell, slight hit of citrus
Taste- definite hop taste with a nice wheat flavor
Feel- light body with nice high carbonation
Overall- very drinkable beer


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Photo of TheCondor
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up on a recent trip to Kentucky/Ohio and brought back with me to Kansas City. Part of an entire trunk load of beers I brought back. I kind of thought of myself as a modern day Smokey and the Bandit, just not as cool. And 1000 miles north, going the opposite direction. And what I did was totally legal. And I was in a Ford C-Max. But other than all that, pretty much the same thing.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful clear yellow with a soapy one finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves solid lacing.

Smell - The nose is probably this beers strongest feature, in that you can smell the hops and wheat coming through, as well as some other fruitiness. Maybe a little lemony bitterness in there as well.

Taste - Didn't quite follow the nose exactly, but close. You still get the good hop flavoring at the back end. Great wheat and hops balance, really like the intermixing of the flavors here.

Mouthfeel - Finishes like a pale wheat ale should. Real smooth, good flavor blend, great session beer. You could drink a lot of these and not realize it.

Overall - This is a good beer. I had to drink it more than once to truly appreciate its quality, but I came in and changed my rating after the second go around. That happens sometimes.I would absolutely recommend this beer. Another strong FFF showing

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops—oranges stand out in particular—are present in the nose along with some hints of melons.
T: The taste follows the smell, having somewhat stronger flavors of melons in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable seems to be like a lighter version of an APA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Arseel
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a “Sophia” glass @40 degrees. Lots of carbonation with a half-finger head which rapidly disappeared. Unmistakable pine aroma with something a bit off putting in the background. That notwithstanding, the flavor is there, pine along with an (unidentifiable by me) fruit undertone. Very smooth. The best wheat I’ve had, and I’m not a wheat fan.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the beer that started it all for me. But I've never done a review of it. So here I go. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.
Beer pours a beautiful golden straw color and has a white crown that sits on top.
Oh that smell that is so beautiful to me. Lemon, straw and a dankness to go with it.
The taste is the beautiful citrus up front and then straw/wheat in the back.
Crisp and refreshing.
Overall, this would be the one I choose to live the rest of my life with.

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Photo of ev4life
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

My favorite of the 3 Floyds. Have had from the bottle and on tap. Lucky to have it on tap around here a bit. Grab one when you get the chance and you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pale but develops into a peachy glow with a fluffy 2 finger head in the snifter.

Aromas are kind of faint but consist of orange, orange peel, lemon zest, and slight earthy wheat.

Flavor is hoppy to start with hints of lemongrass and orange peel, following with a crisp cracker, tangerine, and wait for it...freaking gumball. It's so crazy how the finish is like I just spit out a gumball. That really thin, fruity, paper thin gum from the ball at the candy globe. It's great! Especially right away at the head.

Feel is crisp, clean, slightly oily, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, I'm regretting not getting more. This beer just kills it for a wheat pale. Love it.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with a finger width white head with lots of lacing. Smell is of tangerines. Taste is similar with a pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Light bodied beer. Overall, love this wheat beer.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Regional and sought after Brewer never misses the mark. This wheat beer is another fine example of their quality craftsmanship and delightful taste making abilities.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased 8/15/17 at brewery.

L: 1F+ head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a clear amber.

S: Lots of orange, tangerine notes and wheat malt.

T: Light citrus in the form of orange, tangerine, and lime. Wheat malt gives solid body, but keeps it light.

F: Light bodied, decent zippy carbonation. Good construction and balance. Clean and crisp.

O: Nice wheat IPA. Wouldn't call it a session, but definitely in that realm.

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Photo of badgerbeer1
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Not usually a fan of wheat beers but this One is best i have had. Great scents, great taste and simply fun, enjoyable beer. I would take this over a zombiedust any day!

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Photo of PhilsPils
2.93/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had read lots of hype about this beer so expectations were fairly high. I was expecting a wheat beer to taste something like a wheat beer I've had in the past but this one doesn't. Very hoppy and fairly tart, none of the smoothness that I expect from wheat ales. More like a watery IPA. Does 3F just like to mislead with its labels? Zombie Dust is an IPA by every parameter I can think of but they want to call it an APA. I didn't hate this beer but we won't be meeting up again.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/19/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.6%. Overall this is an incredible American pale wheat ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/floral hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the lightly bitter/drying finish. Awesome hop juiciness and vibrancy, with great malt balance. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at the Yard House in Indianapolis. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Clear ligjt golden copper pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Amarillo hops... citrus and fruit.

T/F: Wheat and grains... light malts and fruity esters. Strong 3 Floyds hop profile. Citrus/grapefruit. Not terribly bitter... floral and delicious. Medium to light in body. Very drinkable.

O: An outstanding hoppy wheat from 3 Floyds.... great hop flavor, low bitterness, and well crafted.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

She pours a nice bright yet clear golden color and leaves the same colored body, however, its slightly hazy here and there, streams of carbonation are rising at a moderate pace, a one finger white foamy head lasts for about a minute before dieing, some moderate sticky lacing. The smell has the hops up front, slightly citrusy, slightly grassy, and the wheat is very subdued. The taste has a balanced sweet fruity grassy citrusy hops, wheat is once again very subdued, slight malty aftertaste, crisp dry finish. The palate is about a light to medium, semi-sessionable. Carbonation is actually a lot smoother than most APWA’s I’ve had, actually, I would say this is quite impressive for me and for the style. Overall, I’ve had a fair amount of APWA’s over the years, and I would say this is probably the smoothest one anyone could ever find.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traditional golden straw color, not much head or carbonation. Aroma is essentially pure amarillo hops - dry citrus, grass - which is fine, but maybe you want a little more from the actual wheat base. It is essentially a pale ale - not much wheat involved at all - and it is pretty straightforward & well done as far as it goes. Vague tropical hop notes of blood orange and grapefruit, not super bitter, pretty crisp finish.

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Photo of laketang
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

great medium straw with a nice fluffy white head
nice zesty aromas, pine too. orange, a bit tropical.
spicy with just enough sweet for me to cut the citrus
crisp and clean. an American wheat that is enjoyable.

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Photo of b__a
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a stellar wheat pale ale.

This is an attractive beer, with a somewhat sticky white head and straw color. The smell is... ambiguous. It's a bit tropical on the nose, but it's subtle. I cannot really smell the beer until I've tasted it.

The taste is remarkable: ripe tropical fruits, bready malts, with a background tartness and bitterness. It so well rounded that it's hard to compliment it enough.

This beer is so easy to drink that it's dangerous. Well crafted, well executed.

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Photo of LeRose
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden color that is not quite hazy but it isn't perfectly clear either - it looks a bit "muddy". The head was short and short-lived - barely a quarter inch. It did leave a few floating islands.

The nose is heavy citrus - lots of grapefruit, some lemon, some orange. The orange emerges as the beer warms up. A whiff of fruity candy - Juicy Fruit gum maybe? There's an different scent too that reminds me of aspirin.

The taste is pleasant and refreshing. There's enough wheat that you can taste it, but the hops are the star here for sure. The citrus is balanced off by a more resinous note and I do get the candy/gum thing as well but more or less layered over the top. My only knock is that it is so smooth the taste vanishes almost immediately - nothing much lingers but a little bitter note. It is a little on the one-dimensional side.

The feel is pleasantly slick with a lively level of carbonation.

Overall, a nice drinking beer, but the flavor drop was not expected. It kind of falls away in the middle, which I suppose means drink some more. Recommended.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, but I'm pretty disappointed. It's just not super flavorful. It's wheaty just like other shelf wheat beers with a stronger citrusy hop flavor. I'm glad I tried it, but I would seek it out.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy dark gold. Thick, medium, white head lasts a while with lacing.

Smells citrus, wheat, malt, pine hints.

Tastes juicy, citrus, bready malt, light wheat, light grassy, hints of pine. Finish is dry with a sharp pine bitterness. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation

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Photo of Griffin2
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours a light Amber with a frothy white head.
S - Smells of hops and light citrus.
T - Tastes of lemon and breads hops.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very tasty wheat ale.

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Photo of MFMB
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep straw yellow with a hint of orange. Nose is of ripe fruits, grass and subtle pine. Taste of grass and hay with a bit of over ripe fruits that push the beer to boarderline sweet. Light citrus also getting pick up.Getting a lot more alcohol taste than I thought I would. It's not hot but it is there. A little syrupy on the mouthfeel with a semi wet finish.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 6101 ratings